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NBA Lockout Trends Again As Training Camps Don’t Open

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NBA Lockout Trends Again As Training Camps Don’t Open
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Yesterday, the NBA was supposed to open its doors, allowing teams to participate in their training camp activities. Of course, the ridiculous and contentious lockout continues unabated as the two sides — players and owners — try to split a pie that’s about 4 billion dollars in size.

As it stands, the signs are pointing more and more to the 2011-12 season not happening anytime soon, regardless of how many times commissioner David Stern approves the release of preseason schedules — was that petty move an intentional slap in the face or simply accidental? — and with that realization, the NBA’s true reason for success, the fans, are getting louder with their backlash, especially now that training camps are not open.

The emptiness of various training camps was captured perfectly by The Basketball Jones blog, and such posts only help feed the growing dissension fans have towards the owners. It’s important to remember the owners are solely responsible for locked doors on NBA facilities, not the players.

Commissioner Stern deserves his share of the blame too, especially now that the only side he seems to care about is the owners’. While this article’s goal is to capture the reaction of NBA fans and players, an article written by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski gives readers great insight as to where they should lay the blame:

All hell’s going to break loose on Manhattan’s East Side Tuesday, and David Stern has been asking for this agent uprising from the beginning of these labor talks. He’s been asking for the fight of his life, and maybe, the implosion of his sport when this should be a golden time. So, stop the preening, stop the end-zone dance and make those rich guys start to stare at their shoes again. For once, be the commissioner of the NBA, not just the owners. Enough’s enough, bully. [Emphasis added]

Apparently sensing the backlash towards the owners and Stern building, a few players took to Twitter to adeptly stir the pot and continue the fan revolt against the establishment empowering the lockout. One such player who experienced an incredible growth in popularity –Blake Griffin — spearheaded the Twitter responses with the following expertly-timed tweet:

First day of training camp finally here can’t wait for… Oh what’s that NBA owners? You won’t let us play? Sorry everybody… 1 day ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

Griffin’s blast was retweeted by Dwyane Wade, which helped spearhead the responses:

RT @blakegriffin: First day of training camp finally here can’t wait for… Oh what’s that NBA owners? You won’t … http://t.co/iD0zqPeO 1 day ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry · powered by @socialditto

Other players joined in as well:

I wanna play ! I know y’all wanna watch the NBA! #EndTheLockout 7 hours ago via UberSocial for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Must read. #nbalockout. RT @RicBucher: As advertised – my take on six agents’ letter to their clients: http://t.co/qWUNlp5U 14 hours ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

You know what I hate most about to lockout. People approach you like they gonna be madder than u if we don’t have a season. 18 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

It’s unwise, however, to think the hardline owners who support the lockout, or David Stern for that matter, give one damn about public perception or what the players think. They just care about lining their pockets with as much dough — at the expense of players (you know, the reason the league exists at all?)– as they can.

Any1 who thinks any major progress will come today in the NBA labor talks is dilusional. 2 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® · powered by @socialditto

Seriously, these guys are finding the forces of the universe while NBA folks can’t figure out how to split $4 billion http://t.co/hHti7fbE 2 hours ago via Twitter for iPad · powered by @socialditto

Unfortunately, it sounds like it’s going to get a lot uglier before we have a resolution. That hasn’t stopped people from issuing common sense responses to the NBA nonsense, like the following:

Can the NBA just begin already… I just wanna watch my #Celtics =] love my boys <3 4 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Too bad the lockout supporters don’t care about the fans, otherwise, these talks would’ve progressed a long time ago.

Thoughts on potentially losing the NBA season? Will the league be able to recover if they shoot themselves in the foot so severely? Let us know what you think.

NBA Lockout Trends Again As Training Camps Don’t Open
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  • Sarah

    I am no expert, but how are the owners responsible? The players make $15 million per year. Is that not enough?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      The owners are the ones who locked the players out.

      • Jason

        Let the lockout continue now that there is football the nba can take backstory let the players go overseas they are spoiled with contracts that are not conditional thats now how employment works they can be locked out untill feb and i would consider that to soon

  • Janet Chadwick

    Owner’s, You need to realize that without all the talented player’s you have on your team’s and the loyal fan’s that love them you would not have a pot to piss in. So stop this mess and let the player’s play. I want the NBA to start on time!!!! Go Denver Nugget’s!

  • Edrue

    Remember what happened to baseball. Don’t think you’re fans will stand by you indefinately.

  • http://www.nbalockoutblog.com NBA Lockout Blog

    With training camp canceled not much has changed. The average NBA fan was probably even expecting this. But what happens when we get to December?

    How much more patient can the public be? Players going overseas doesn’t mean we will ever lose our players, however we are seeing certain guys like Kobe & T. Parker with business interests in European Basketball.

    What could that mean for the next 50 years of Global Basketball?

    Visit NBA Lockout Blog for interactive experience with the 2011 NBA labor lockout’s news.

    Readers & Bloggers Welcome :)

  • http://www.lipu-china.com fine crusher

    You need to realize that without all the talented player’s you have on your team’s and the loyal fan’s that love them you would not have a pot to piss in.